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Watertown city council finalizes budget, levy for new year
On Dec 4, the Watertown Council met for a special meeting regarding the finalization of the 2019 budget and levy. While these numbers were subject to change before the next council meeting based on what was said at the public hearing, the following is what Watertown has decided in regards to their b
Gerald “Jerry” Hendricks
Gerald “Jerry” Hendricks, age 81, of Watertown, Minnesota, passed away Monday, December 10, 2018, at his home. Memorial service will be Thursday, December 27, 2018, at 6:00 P.M. at Peace Lutheran Church in Watertown. Gathering of family and friends will be at the church on Thursday, December 27, 201
Somali workers stage walkout at Amazon fulfillment center
Months of tensions between Amazon and its Somali workers in Minnesota came to a head Friday, when those workers staged a rally outside the retailer's fulfillment center in Shakopee.
DANCE: Dragons compete in conference kick meet
The Litchfield dance team took on the conference's best Thursday, when it went to Waconia for the Wright County Conference kick meet. The Dragon Flames finished 11th out of 11 teams, with Orono and Mound Westonka claiming the top two spots.
Amazon workers walk out, protest in Shakopee
Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of East Africans, union members and supporters protested at the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee today, prompting dozens of police officers and state troopers to converge on the protest when the group headed toward the Amazon building.
Minnetrista/St Boni Police Report, Dec 15
Suspicious activity was discovered by an officer while on routine patrol on Elmwood Drive in the early morning hours. It was found to be a vehicle owner filling his car using a gas can.
Eastern Carver County Schools mourning loss of longtime music teacher
Eastern Carver County Schools are dealing with the loss of a longtime music teacher this week. Principal of Chaska Middle School East Beth Holm announced in an email to parents Thursday that Gina Ford, orchestra and band teacher at Chaska Middle Schools East and West, died after a battle with ovaria
Community Calendar – UPDATED Dec 5
——————- St Paul’s Lutheran Church of Hector has their annual Cookie Walk Sale on Saturday, Dec. 8th from 8:30-10a (or until gone). Proceeds go to elevator maintenance fund and Caring and Sharing. Homemade Apple Turnovers and Cider Served.
‘Very large’ coyote sightings in Minnetonka Beach
MINNETONKA BEACH — Keep an eye on your pets if you live in the Minnetonka Beach area. The city said in an email update on Dec. 13 that it has received calls about a “very large coyote” that’s been seen in various parts of the city over the past two weeks. It is urging residents to watch their pets w
Commentary: Dispatchers play vital role
Chances are that when you see a fire truck, ambulance or squad car responding to an emergency with flashing lights and sirens, it is doing so with the guidance and expertise of a 911 dispatcher, after having received a 911 phone call from someone in need.
Wright County Employee Accessed Private Data at Home Says ‘Didn’t do anything to it’
Officials in Wright County say an employee transferred private data to his home, but they have recovered the data and do not believe it was sold or distributed. According to the county, the employee was trained on protecting citizen data and decided “to not follow policy.”
Body found in Mississippi River under I-35W bridge identified a man from Albuquerque
Authorities have identified the man whose body was pulled from the Mississippi River beneath the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis last week. The body of Rodulfo Sergio Jojola was recovered from the river at around noon on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Wright County Alerting Citizens of Data Breach
BUFFALO -- A number of Wright County citizens are being notified of a private data breach by a county employee. Letters have been mailed to impacted individuals whose private data was brought home by the former worker. County officials say the employee has been fired, the data has been retrieved and
Girls Basketball: Logjam atop the Minnesota River Conference
Turnovers allowed Tri-City United to claim the lead at halftime, defeating host Southwest Christian 51-40 on Dec. 13. The Stars are now 2-1 in the Minnesota River Conference, an early logjam with three other teams.
Local students attend Camp Enterprise
OWATONNA — Owatonna High School students Angel Garcia and Nick Mullenbach attended Camp Enterprise Nov. 1-3. The students were sponsored by the Noon and Early Edition Rotary Clubs of Owatonna.
Medina approves $4 million 2019 property tax levy
The Medina City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 5, approved a final city property tax levy for 2019 of $4,002,894, an increase of 2.5 percent ($98,077) over the $3,904,817 city property tax levy for 2018.
Westside Communities in Action seeks holiday volunteers
Westside Communities in Action, a nonprofit charitable organization based in Wayzata, seeks volunteers of all ages during the holidays in the western Twin Cities suburbs. The organization consolidates many of the volunteer opportunities available in the area and posts them online. Opportunities are
County outlines priorities for 2019
Every year, the county commissioners outline their legislative priorities for the county. These are the items they will push for at the capitol throughout 2019. Most are similar to last year’s, but there are a few new ones being added to the list.
'Letters of Love': Elementary students offer encouragement to those undergoing cancer treatment
WACONIA, Minn. (FOX 9) - At Laketown Elementary School in Waconia, Mrs. Kruger’s fifth graders are learning lessons far beyond their years. "They're kids like you going through normal life and all of a sudden something happens,” said Jill Kruger.
Letter: Many volunteers deserve thanks
I want to thank the Herald for the wonderful article on the reprinted "Chaska: A Minnesota River City, Prehistory to 1950." ("Chaska chronicles," Dec. 6.) Alex Chhith did a great job emphasizing the shared historical and entertaining nature of the volume.